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Books: Summer 2018
Recent books published by members of the HGSE community.
TECHNOLOGY AND ENGAGEMENT
Mandy Savitz-Romer, Heather Rowan-Kenyan, and Ana Martinez Aleman
Based on a four-year study of how first-generation college students use social media, Technology and Engagement, co-written by Senior Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer, looks at the importance of social media sites in helping first-gen students keep up important ties with family and friends from home, and stay on top of academic programs and social offerings at their schools. The aim in writing the book, the authors note, is to help faculty and college administrators consider ways that technology can help these students, who often have a difficult time transitioning from high school to college.
HOLISTIC EDUCATION AND EMBODIED LEARNING
John Miller and Kelli Nigh
This collection of essays, writes Kelli Nigh and John Miller, M.A.T.’67, a professor at the University of Toronto and the author of 18 books on holistic learning, “is about what it means to teach the entire body.” If learning stays only in the head, “there is the danger that it will not be integrated.” Chapters include essays on reclaiming teacher wellbeing, practices at Waldorf schools, teaching with compassion, what holistic education means, and a portrait of the Equinox Holistic Alternative School in Toronto.
INSIDE PREK CLASSROOMS
Catherine Marchant and Judith Schickedanz
Using real-life stories based on their personal experiences in preK settings, Catherine Marchant, Ed.D.’88, and Judith Schickedanz place readers inside classrooms with teachers and preschoolers and then analyze the situations described. For each chapter, they offer insights and make concrete suggestions. These mini case studies focus on ways that educators can think through their instruction, such as which skills are best taught in large versus small groups or when one-on-one interactions make the most sense. They also examine relevant research and historical shifts in thinking.
In her latest book, Shari Tishman, Ed.D.’91, senior research associate at Project Zero, explores slow looking — taking time to carefully observe more than meets the eye at first glance — as a mode of learning. Slow looking, she writes, is “a way of gaining knowledge about the world,” and while almost anyone at any age can learn to slow down, slow looking involves a set of specific skills that need to be developed and encouraged, she writes. In addition, time needs to be carved out, in schools or out in the world, to let it happen.
Claudia Stack and Kathryn Wall
In this user-friendly companion guide to her new film with the same title, filmmaker Claudia Stack, Ed.M.’92, provides classroom lesson plans (for grades five through college) and historical background about “a significant but marginalized chapter in American history,” as she writes. The companion guide also includes photos and personal stories from sharecroppers, referred to as “forgotten farmers.” Each chapter offers teachers and other educators a list of discussion questions, potential homework and out-of-class assignments, and in-class activities grouped by age.
Full book list:
Abundance, Mark McCaig, Ed.M.’90
Commitment and Common Sense, David Driscoll
Electric Arches, Eve Ewing, Ed.M.’13, Ed.D.16
Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums, Alice Parman, M.A.T.’65, with Ann Craig, Lyle Murphy, Liz White, and Lauren Willis
Future Directions of Educational Change, Helen Janc Malone, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’13, Santiago Rincon-Gallardo, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’13, and Kristin Kew
Georgie’s Best Bad Day, Ruth Chan, Ed.M.’03
Harvard Educational Review, winter 2017 issue, volume 87, number 4
Holistic Education and Embodied Learning, John Miller, M.A.T.’67
Inside PreK Classrooms, Catherine Marchant, Ed.D.’88, with Judith Schickedanz
Margaret Pearmain Welch, Elizabeth Fideler, Ed.M.’86, Ed.D.’88
Sharecrop: Stories from the South’s Forgotten Farmers, Claudia Stack, Ed.M.’92, with Kathryn Wall
Slow Looking, Shari Tishman, Ed.D.’91
Technology and Engagement, Senior Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer with Heather Rowan-Kenyan and Ana Martinez Aleman
Transformative Teachers, Kira Baker-Doyle
Write the World Across the Globe, David Weinstein